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Hagen, DeVries, Ross, and Baker deliver, 2nd round Utah HS playoffs: BYU Football Prep Tracker Week 12

Most of the BYU commits in the prep ranks are still playing as Utah completed the second round of their playoffs this past weekend and Arizona nears the end of their regular seasons.  That means more highlights from future Cougs!

Wide receiver Cody Hagen continues to star for nationally ranked Corner Canyon as they get further into their run for the state title.  Hagen had four receptions on Friday for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

Meanwhile Weber high school with the two BYU commits (DeVries and Moa) are overachieving, making it to the quarterfinal round in the playoffs for the first time in several years.  That is largely thanks to the Region 1 MVP DeVries who had one 64 yard touchdown reception on Friday to go along with seven carries for 67 yards, one 30 yard touchdown pass, three tackles (two solo), one interception, 123 return yards, and 284 all-purpose yards.

Easton Baker is helping Stansbury high school to what might be their best year ever in prep football.  They are in good hands moving forward, however, as Baker is just a sophomore.  The sophomore sensation is now approaching 100 total tackles on the year while he leads the state in forced fumbles (7) and fumbles recovered for touchdowns (3).  On Friday he had eight tackles (five solo), one tackle for loss, one sack, and one three yard fumble recovery.

And down in Arizona Cooper Ross is continuing to put up big numbers for Heritage Academy.  To close out the regular season Ross had six receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown, five tackles, two blocked PATs, one fumble recovery, and one sack.  Arizona prep playoffs will begin in two weeks.

Here is how the BYU commits from Utah are stacking up with the other prep leaders:

  • Cody Hagen is no. 1 in the state of Utah in receiving yards (1466) and yards per game (133.3), no. 8 in total receptions (69), and no. 2 in receiving touchdowns (16).
  • Pokai Haunga is no. 6 in the state of Utah for receiving yards (1101), no. 6 in receiving yards per game (110.1), and tied for no. 6 in receiving touchdowns (13).
  • Maika Kaufusi is no. 11 in the state of Utah in receiving yards per game (103.7), and no. 20 in receiving touchdowns (10).
  • Parker Kingston is no. 4 in the state of Utah for rushing touchdowns (18), tied for no. 3 in total touchdowns (20), no. 6 in yards per carry 9.1 (min of 50 carries), and no. 15 in total rush yards (1129).
  • Braxton Fely is no. 12 in the state of Utah for sacks (10.5), and no. 4 in tackles for loss (20).
  • Hezekia Ambrosio is no. 8 in the state of Utah for solo tackles (64), and tied for no. 10 in tackles for loss (19).
  • MaxPreps doesn’t have a leader board for forced fumbles, but if they did Baker would almost assuredly lead the state in forced fumbles (7) and defensive touchdowns (3).

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Here is a breakdown for each of the BYU commits:

Class of 2022 Commits (17)

  • Brigham Alexander (@big_brigham, OL/DL). Benjamin Franklin HS (Queen Creek, Arizona, 6-2) defeated Marcos de Niza 49-0.  Alexander had one solo tackle, one tackle for loss, and one sack. Season totals: four games, one two yard rush for a touchdown, nine tackles (six solo), three tackles for loss, two sacks.
  • Kaden Chidester (@Kaden_Chid, ATH).  Richfield HS (Richfield, Utah, 4-7).  Season has concluded. Season totals: 11 games; 29 tackles (21 solo), three tackles for loss, four passes defended, 16 quarterback hurries, three sacks, one blocked field goal, one blocked PAT, three forced fumbles.
  • Cannon DeVries (@CannonDevries, WR/FS). Weber HS (Pleasant View, Utah, 9-2) defeated Layton 35-21 in the second round of the Utah 6A playoffs.  DeVries had one 64 yard touchdown reception, seven carries for 67 yards, one 30 yard touchdown pass, three tackles (two solo), one interception, 123 return yards, and 284 all-purpose yards. Season totals: 11 games, 1-for-1 passing for 30 yards and a touchdown, 54 receptions for 796 yards and nine touchdowns, 29 carries for 312 yards and five touchdowns, 625 return yards, 74 tackles (52 solo), 13 passes defended, one tackle for loss, two blocked field goals, and four interceptions. He has 1759 all-purpose yards with 14 total touchdowns and was named the Region 1 MVP.
  • Peter Falaniko (@FalanikoPeter, OL). Pine View HS (St. George, Utah, 7-4) defeated Deseret Hills 37-35 in the second round of the Utah 4A playoffs.  No stats. Season totals: Ten games, no stats.
  • Braxton Fely (@Braxton_Fely, DL). Timpview HS (Orem, Utah, 9-2) defeated Bonneville 42-15 in the second round of the Utah 5A playoffs. Stats not yet available.  Season totals: 10 games; 45 tackles (42 solo), 22 tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries, a forced fumble, and 10.5 sacks. MaxPreps has Fely at no. 12 in the state of Utah for sacks (10.5), and no. 4 in tackles for loss (20).
  • Cody Hagen (@_codyhagen_, WR). Corner Canyon HS (Draper, Utah, 10-1) defeated Kearns 49-14 in the second round of the Utah 6A playoffs. Hagen had four receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns.  Season totals: 11 games, 69 receptions for 1466 yards (21.2 avg) and 16 touchdowns. MaxPreps has Hagen at no. 1 in the state of Utah in receiving yards (1466) and yards per game (133.3), no. 8 in total receptions (69), and no. 2 in receiving touchdowns (16).
  • Brooks Jones (@Brooks_Jones81, DE/TE). American Leadership Academy (Queen Creek, Arizona, 8-1) defeated Seton Catholic 55-21.  They currently rank no. 2 in Arizona 4A.  Jones had three solo tackles, a tackle for loss, and a sack. Season totals: Nine games, 41 tackles (13 solo), seven tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries, four pass breakups, five sacks, and a forced fumble.
  • Jarinn Kalama (@JarinnKalama, ATH). Wasatch HS (Heber City, Utah, 7-4) fell to Lehi 35-34 in the second round of the Utah 5A playoffs, thus concluding their season.  Kalama had two touchdown receptions.  Other stats not yet recorded. Season totals: 10 games, 56 receptions for 650 yards and four touchdowns, one pass for 55 yards, 27 tackles (20 solo), two tackles for loss, one sack, and one forced fumble.
  • Maika Kaufusi (@KaufusiMaika, S). Alta HS (Sandy, Utah, 6-5) fell to Springville 41-7 to be eliminated from the Utah 5A playoffs.  Kaufusi had two receptions for 50 yards, with six tackles (three solo).  Season totals: Six games, 25 receptions for 622 yards and 10 touchdowns, 29 tackles (17 solo), one tackle for loss, two passes defended, one sack, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.  MaxPreps show that Kaufusi is no. 11 in the state in receiving yards per game (103.7), and no. 20 in receiving touchdowns (10).
  • Parker Kingston (QB). Roy HS (Ogden, Utah, 7-4) season has concluded. Season totals: 11 games, 77-of-131 passing for 1088 yards and nine touchdowns (five interceptions), 124 carries for 1129 yards and 18 touchdowns, five kickoff returns for 256 yards and two touchdowns, five punt returns for 91 yards, eight tackles (seven solo), one pass defended, seven punts for 242 yards. MaxPreps has Kingston at no. 4 in the state of Utah for rushing touchdowns (18), tied for no. 3 in total touchdowns (20), no. 6 in yards per carry 9.1 (min of 50 carries), and no. 15 in total rush yards (1129).
  • Liutai Kinikini (LB). West HS (Salt Lake City, Utah, 8-2) fell to Farmington 10-7 in the second round of the Utah 6A playoffs. Stats are not yet available. Season totals: 10 games, 29 tackles (12 solo), four passes defended, and one tackle for loss.
  • Aisea Moa (@aiseamoa_8, DE/TE). Weber HS (Pleasant View, Utah, 9-2) defeated Layton 35-21 in the second round of the Utah 6A playoffs. Moa had one touchdown reception. Season totals: 10 games, nine carries for 30 yards and four touchdowns, two receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown, 57 tackles (23 solo), eight tackles for loss, eight sacks, one forced fumble, and a 26 yard interception returned for a touchdown.
  • Noah Moeaki (@noah_moeaki, TE/OLB). American Fork HS (American Fork, Utah, 7-3) defeated Riverton 20-13 in the second round of the Utah 6A playoffs.  Stats are not yet available. Season totals: Nine games, 28 receptions for 422 yards and six touchdowns, 45 tackles (19 solo), two tackles for loss, one sack, and an interception.
  • Trevin Ostler (@OstlerTrevin, ATH). Bountiful HS (Bountiful, Utah, 8-2) defeated Park City 38-20 in the second round of the Utah 5A playoffs. Ostler had one tackle and one tackle for loss. Season totals: Nine games, 19 tackles (six solo), two passes defended, four tackles for loss, two sacks.
  • Cooper Ross (@CooperJRoss, TE). Heritage Academy (Mesa, Arizona, 5-1) suffered their first defeat of the season 52-12 to Image Prep Sunrise.  Ross had six receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown, five tackles, two blocked PATs, one fumble recovery, and one sack. Season totals: Six games, 35 receptions for 562 yards, 11 touchdowns, four two-point conversions, 13 tackles, one tackle for loss, eight sacks, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries with one returned 15-yards for a touchdown.
  • Vae Soifua (@vae_soifua, OL). Orem HS (Orem, Utah, 6-5) defeated Provo 24-14 in the second round of the Utah 5A playoffs. No stats. Season totals: 11 games, four tackles (two solo), two sacks, one forced fumble.
  • Talin Togiai (@TogiaiTalin, OT/DT). Rigby HS (Rigby, ID, 8-1) had a first round bye in the Idaho state 5A playoffs.  They will face Capital on November 5th. Season totals: Nine games, no stats.
  • Micah Wilson (@Micah_Wilson11, LB). Corner Canyon HS (Draper, Utah, 9-1) defeated Bonneville 42-15 in the second round of the Utah 5A playoffs. Wilson recorded no stats. Season totals: 10 games, 47 tackles (29 solo), three tackles for loss, seven quarterback hurries, 1.5 sack, and one interception for 27 yards and a touchdown.

Class of 2023 Commits (2)

  • Hezekiah Anahu-Ambrosio (@HezekiahAA, RB/LB). Timpview HS (Orem, Utah, 9-2) defeated Bonneville 42-15 in the second round of the Utah 5A playoffs. Stats not yet available. Season Totals: 11 games, 17 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown, three receptions for 23 yards, 76 tackles (64 solo), 19 tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries, one interception, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble, and eight sacks. MaxPreps has Ambrosio at no. 8 in the state of Utah for solo tackles (64), and tied for no. 10 in tackles for loss (19).
  • Pokai Haunga (@PokaiauaHaunga, WR). Timpview HS (Orem, Utah, 9-2) defeated Bonneville 42-15 in the second round of the Utah 5A playoffs. Stats not yet available. Season totals: Nine games, 16 rushes for 220 yards and a touchdown, 58 receptions for 1101 yards and 13 touchdowns, one kick return for 30 yards. MaxPreps has Haunga at no. 6 in the state of Utah for receiving yards (1101), no. 6 in receiving yards per game (110.1), and tied for no. 6 in receiving touchdowns (13).

Class of 2024 Commits (2)

  • Easton Baker (@BakerEaston, LB). Stansbury HS (Tooele, Utah, 9-2) defeated Olympus 26-20 in the second round of the 4A Utah playoffs. Baker had eight tackles (five solo), one tackle for loss, one sack, and one three yard fumble recovery.  Season totals: 11 games, 93 tackles, seven sacks, six quarterback hurries, one pass breakup, seven forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries with three recovered for touchdowns (returns of 8, 45, and 97 yards).  Four carries on offense for 40 yards and a touchdown, and one reception for 11 yards. MaxPreps doesn’t have a leader board for forced fumbles, but if they did Baker would almost assuredly lead the state in forced fumbles (7) and defensive touchdowns (3).
  • Dallin Johnson (@DallinJohnson73, ATH). Springville HS (Springville, Utah, 8-1) defeated Alta 41-7 in the second round of the Utah 5A playoffs. Stats not yet available. Season totals: Nine games, 52 tackles (40 solo), seven quarterback hurries, two interceptions, three passes defended, two forced fumbles, 10 tackles for loss, and seven sacks.

Week 12 & Regular Season Highlights

Easton Baker (LB, Stansbury HS)


Cannon DeVries (WR/FS, Weber HS)


Peter Falaniko (OL, Pine View HS)

Pokai Haunga (WR, Timpview HS)


Maika Kaufusi (WR/S, Alta HS)

Aisea Moa (DE/TE, Weber HS)


Vae Soifua (OL, Orem HS)

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